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Baratto Wines produce traditional varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon and Trebbiano or, if you prefer something unique, try their Fragolina or Botrytis Port. Their wines are seasonal, meaning each vintage is unique due to weather and conditions of that year. After harvest, Peter assesses each wine. Based on its merits he then decides on the blends and varietals. For this reason stock may be limited and the product list is always changing. Keeping in mind his European heritage, where family and friends gather together for a glass or two of wine with lunch and dinner, Peter specialises in quality wine packaged in 15 litre casks with an easy pour tap. Baratto Cellar door also has a changing display of gifts and local art works for sale.

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Vineyard 674 Murrumbidgee Avenue, Hanwood NSW 2680

02 69 630 171

Black Perry Lookout is an excellent place for perspective, giving you a real sense of the expansive wilderness areas in Kosciuszko National Park's north. Pull in from Snowy Mountains Highway to enjoy breathtaking scenic views all year round. Bring your camera and binoculars for incredible panoramas, which are undoubtedly some of the best on offer in Kosciuszko National Park. Located next to Talbingo Mountain, this lookout was recently built. It stands just metres from the carpark and is fully wheelchair-accessible. Kids will love the feeling of adventure as they step onto the viewing platform, which extends out over the trees. Once you've finished pointing out Black Perry Mountain and Bogong Mountain Range, why not grab the thermos and stop for a cuppa on one of the benches? Or have a peek around for resident wallabies while listening carefully for a lyrebird's call.

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Snowy Mountains Highway, Talbingo NSW 2720

Famous as the site of the world water-speed record in 1978, Blowering Dam is one of the biggest dams in NSW. At three times the size of Sydney Harbour, Blowering Dam stores water released upstream for hydro-electricity generation in the Snowy Mountains Scheme and for irrigation. The reservoir is a popular spot for all water sports, including skiing, jet skis, sailing, canoeing and swimming. Several boat ramps are available at camping grounds around the lake foreshore. The dam is stocked with Murray cod, golden perch and silver perch. Trout and other fish species are present. The dam and its tributaries are closed to trout fishing between the June and October long weekends. The access road to Blowering Dam is a short drive south of Tumut.

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Blowering Dam Trail, Wereboldera NSW 2720

02 6947 7025

As you hike through the narrow gorge cut by Cave Creek, spectacular limestone cliffs, and cave formations on either side, you’ll never imagine that Clarke Gorge walking track could get any better. But it does, finishing at the top of Cave Creek Falls . There’s a 15 metre drop of water as well as views down Wilkinsons Gorge. Unsurprisingly, this walk is very popular with photographers. As well as the beauty of the rock features, some of which were formed more than 400 million years ago, the landscape is dotted with snow gums and black sallee (another high-altitude eucalypt with dark bark), rare discaria shrubs, and vibrant yellow billy buttons. You’ll likely see grey kangaroos bounding in the distance and wedge-tail eagles circling overhead. Fishermen might also want to bring their lines with them because there are a few waterholes along Cave Creek where they can try their luck catching trout, before returning to the walk's starting point at Blue Waterholes campground

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Blue Waterholes Trail, Cooleman NSW 2611

This picturesque pocket of Kosciuszko National Park is well worth the detour off Snowy Mountains Highway. Starting from the Cumberland trail 2WD carpark, 300m from the highway, it's a 5km walk to the lookout, or 800m from the 4WD carpark (closed winter). You can also mountain bike as far as the 4WD carpark, where you join Landers Creek Falls walk. Breathe in the eucalypt-scented air as birds sing overhead and lizards rustle the undergrowth. The steep last few hundred metres bring you to Talbingo lookout, high above the valley and reservoir, before you climb the final 300m to Landers Falls lookout. Perched on the rim of a deep gorge, the lookout greets you with fabulous views of Landers Creek Falls as it emerges from the cliff opposite and cascades into a rocky ravine. The tree protruding from the lookout is a Tingiringi Gum, rare in this area of Kosciuszko National Park.

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Landers Falls lookout, Pinbeyan NSW 2720

For a reviving dose of nature and breathtaking mountain views, load up the 4WD and head for Lobs Hole Ravine 4WD trail. This trail leads from Jounama to Wallace Creek lookout through the northern regions of Kosciuszko National Park. It's ideal for a historic sightseeing tour or an exhilarating day out fishing, walking, mountain biking or camping off the beaten track. Take your time to explore the historic remnants of the ravine settlement dating back to 1858. You can choose from a range of beautiful bushwalks along the trail, including Jounama heritage walk, where you can discover the historic ruins that hark back to early settlement in the area. With easy access to the magnificent Yarrangobilly River, there's idyllic paddling and swimming options in the warmer months.

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Lobbs Hole Powerline Road, Pinbeyan NSW 2720

You won’t be very far into this challenging seven kilometre walk – just 500 metres or so – before you’ll come across the opening of Cooleman Cave. Make sure you’ve got a torch with you so that you can explore inside. Back out in the sunshine, follow the often dry Cave Creek. Don’t move too quickly across the surface because you can find ancient fossilised shells of brachipods and sea lilies on its bed. There are some unique longer views of the limestone gorge and on to the snow grass plains surrounded by the wooded slopes of Gurrangorambla Range and Tom O’Rourkes Peak. For photographers, it’s an absolute gem of an amble. Birdwatchers, too, will be well-rewarded with sightings of magpies, flame robins, and soaring wedge-tail eagles.

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Blue Waterholes Fire Trail, Cooleman NSW 2611

Set out along the trail from Jounama Creek campground, and you'll soon meet the trackhead for the short but heart-pumping Old Mountain Road walking track. This high-energy walk heads uphill above the creek valley, but is well worth the effort for the breathtaking views of Bogong Peaks, Jounama Pondage and Blowering Reservoir. The track follows Talbingo Mountain's first road, built in 1860 during the Kiandra gold rush. Today, the only traffic you're likely to see is a colourful variety of birdlife, including yellow-tailed black cockatoos. In summer, wildflowers such as purple kunzea and white-flowered tea tree bloom on the lower slopes. Return the same way (add 1hr), enjoying the downhill track and detour to pretty Jounama Creek, near the campground. It's an ideal spot for a picnic and to paddle your feet after the walk, or to simply sit quietly and watch for wallabies and eastern grey kangaroos.

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Snowy Mountains Highway, Talbingo NSW 2720

The Snowy Valleys Way, running from Gundagai, New South Wales to Beechworth Victoria, is a touring route encompassing over 300 kilometres of breathtaking scenery and landscapes, and a whole swag of things to see and do 'along the way'. The route starts in the hills of Gundagai, home of the famous 'Dog on the Tuckerbox', and winds its way south through Tumut, Batlow, and Tumbarumba, crossing the Murray River at Towong, and continuing south through Corryong, and Yackandandah, ending in Beechworth, Victoria. A picturesque slice of Australia, the Snowy Valleys Way offers its travellers spectacular outdoor activities, colourful festivals, towns to explore, and a laid-back rural charm that distinguishes it from other popular tourist drives. Travellers can choose their own adventure - bushwalks or four-wheel driving, horse riding or mountain bikes. Paddle, fish or water-ski the numerous lakes, rivers and streams or simply relax by their foreshores.

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via, Batlow NSW 2730

The Sugar Pine Walk is one of the region's best kept secrets, and is a must-see for any visitors to the Batlow and Tumbarumba areas. Take the short stroll amongst a dense stand of enormous sugar pines planted in 1928. This species is the largest and tallest of all pines. The walk is located on the edge of Kopsens Road, around half a kilometre from the Batlow-Tumbarumba Road at Laurel Hill. Here you'll find great opportunities for photography and, if you're lucky enough to visit during the few days of snow that they see each year, it can be a magical experience.

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Kopsens Road, Laurel Hill NSW 2649

02 6947 7025